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Laos & Cambodia: Temples & Treasures

Resort:Laos & Cambodia: Temples & Treasures
Operator: Cox and Kings
Destination: Cambodia
Price From: £3695.00

Overview

Denise Heywood leads this tour through
Laos and Cambodia, where she has
lived and worked. Begin in serene Luang
Prabang in Laos, filled with glittering
temples. Cruise on the Mekong river to
sacred caves before flying to Vientiane.
End the tour with a stay in Siem Reap
to marvel at the mystical 12th-century
temple complex of Angkor Wat, the
largest religious monument in the world.

Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Luang Prabang, Laos,
via Bangkok

Fly from London (regional connections
available) to Luang Prabang via Bangkok with
Thai Airways and Bangkok Airways. (N)

Day 2: Luang Prabang

Arrive and transfer to the Villa Santi Resort
Hotel (or similar) for 4 nights. Luang Prabang,
a world heritage site with 35 golden temples,
is the best-preserved town in south-east Asia.
Afternoon at leisure. Evening introductory
lecture and welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3: Luang Prabang

Temple tour, including Wat Visoun, Wat Mai
and Wat Xieng Thong. Along the way see other
temples, fine secular architecture and French
colonial buildings. Afternoon visit to the National
Museum, formerly the royal palace, with
fascinating collections of objects, paintings and
costumes. In the evening, see Heritage House,
a perfect example of Luang Prabang’s secular
buildings, and enjoy a traditional baci welcome
ceremony and Lao dance performance at the
historic Puang Champa Cultural House. (B)

Day 4: Pak Ou

Today, cruise on the Mekong river to the Pak
Ou caves, filled with Buddha images. Have
lunch in a wooden cottage overlooking the
river before visiting a picturesque village to
see silk weaving, sericulture and mulberry
paper production. Late afternoon at leisure,
with a chance to visit Mount Phousi at sunset followed by a visit to a night market, or listen
to a Gavarak storytelling accompanied by
traditional music. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Luang Prabang

Morning visit to the Traditional Arts &
Ethnology Centre for a special private
tour, introduced by the centre’s director.
Special private visit to a historic teakwood
home furnished with antiques (subject to
confirmation). Afternoon at leisure or visit
other temples, study murals and iconography
or visit The Living Land Company, an inspiring
community farm. (B)

Day 6: Fly to Vientiane

Optional visit to Vipassana Meditation Centre
to learn meditation skills from the monks and
talk to them about their lives. Fly to Vientiane
and transfer to Green Park Boutique Hotel (or
similar) for 2 nights. Visit Patuxai Monument
and That Luang, the national symbol of Laos. (B)

Day 7: Vientiane

Visit Wat Sisaket and Wat Phra Keo, as well
as a special private visit with silkweaver Carol
Cassidy at Lao Textiles Gallery. Optional
afternoon visit to a private textile museum
(subject to confirmation). (B)

Day 8: Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia

Fly to Siem Reap and stay 4 nights at the
HanumanAlaya Hotel (or similar). On arrival
transfer to the hotel where an afternoon
introductory lecture will be held. (B, D)

Day 9: Angkor temples

Morning visit to the early Roluos temples, the
oldest group of temples, including Preah Ko,
Bakong and Lolei. Afternoon visit to Angkor
Wat. Stay until sunset to admire the bas-reliefs
of the Hindu epics. (B)
to admire the bas-reliefs of the Hindu epics. (B)

Day 10: Angkor temples

Morning at Angkor Wat. Afternoon visit to
Angkor Thom, the Bayon temple, Terrace of the
Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King. (B)

Day 11: Angkor temples

Morning visit to Banteay Srei, followed by
Banteay Samre. Afternoon at leisure or optional
excursions to less-visited temples. Exclusive
farewell dinner with authentic Khmer cuisine and
traditional dance performance at the historic
Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor (or similar). (B, D)

Day 12: Fly to London, via Bangkok

Day at leisure. Optional visits to the Angkor
National Museum and further temples or local
markets. Late afternoon transfer to Siem Reap
airport. Fly to London, via Bangkok, with Thai
Airways and Bangkok Airways. (B)

Day 13: London

Early morning arrival into London. (N)